Nancy Armour reports and Stina Sternberg files Birdies and Bogies following Sunday's exciting Solheim Cup finale, but alas, John Huggan brings up the inevitable European complaints about the U.S. team's behavior.
One other lowlight -- at least some of the time -- was the behavior of Christina Kim. The extrovert American clearly has a big heart and a kind heart given her obvious affinity and loud interaction with the spectators. But there is a line that must never be crossed with this sort of thing. And, at the risk of being portrayed as a bit of a fuddy-duddy, it must be pointed out that Kim, on occasion, veers into a place where opponents are -- however inadvertently -- treated with something less than proper respect. The time to gee up crowds is between holes, not while a competitive situation exists.
I agree she gets carried away, but she is awful funny to watch.
The SI guys devote a whopping and well deserved three pages to the Solheim Cup and then declare the tweaked FedEx Cup dead on arrival, as well as a Solheim-driven reminder that the propsed Olympic format is in dire need of tweaking after yet another example that team events would be great on the Olympic stage.
They went to Kim's Boswell for comment on her behavior Sunday:
Bamberger: Alan: Did. C. Kim hurt herself, literally, with her chest-pounding? She's Patty Berg, right down to the funky hat.
Shipnuck: She lost her voice but was otherwise intact.
Evans: Christina Kim is great for golf. But I'm wondering why she doesn't have a bag sponsor? I hope this attention brings a name to her golf bag.
Van Sickle: Funny thing about Kim. I checked her stats and she had only two top 10s this year. Can that be right?
Shipnuck: Both majors, though. She's been tweaking her swing and equipment. This may foreshadow a big second half. (Fingers crossed ...)